SKE? Who decides and when might it start? Slightly concerned... Watch

Wiwyum
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Hi all,

I successfully applied for a Geography PGCE which begins on the 9th September.

During my interview, which was as early as February 9th, I discussed my want to enroll on an SKE course, which I assumed would be mandatory given that I hold an MA in U.S History and Politics. My last academic contact with the subject was my A-Level studies, which were in 2005. The interviewer agreed that this was reasonable given my background.

Having just recently jumped all the pre-required hurdles (Professional Skills Tests, Criminal Background Checks and Medical Checks etc.), I assumed that I might soon start an SKE course, but as of yet there seems to be absolutely no mention of it whatsoever by the university.

Though I have since received confirmation letters, a survey to deduce my best placement school etc., no one has suggested anything of the sort... and I'm somewhat concerned that this is an administrative oversight, rather than an active decision by the institution.

My interview process did include a very basic Geography test, which I may have perhaps scored reasonably well in... but surely this would not constitute sufficient proof of an overall subject knowledge?

In any case, is it wise to assume that my university doesn't feel I need the SKE, and just go on without mentioning it? If I do mention it, and it is considered an administrative oversight... can the university renege on their offer based on a lack of subject knowledge? Is there even enough time to complete a worthy level of SKE course in the remaining weeks until the PGCE begins?

Ultimately, I'm concerned about how best to handle the situation and how best to broach the subject so as not to prejudice my current offer.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and for any help/advice on the matter.

EDIT: It might be worth mentioning that the deadline the university gave me for completing my skills tests (and thus my application) was the 29th May 2019. I was expecting that they might begin the SKE process after this date, but in the 2.5 weeks since then.... zilch.
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If the uni want you to do an SKE, it will have been mentioned as a condition of your offer. It's then up to you to organise starting (and completing) the course with an approved provider.

If it's not mentioned in your offer, then the uni can't withdraw your place. If it is, and you don't do it, then this will be considered your oversight and you won't get the place.

If it's not mentioned in your offer, but you think this might be an oversight, then I'd consider contacting the uni, just to be sure.
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If the uni want you to do an SKE, it will have been mentioned as a condition of your offer. It's then up to you to organise starting (and completing) the course with an approved provider.

If it's not mentioned in your offer, then the uni can't withdraw your place. If it is, and you don't do it, then this will be considered your oversight and you won't get the place.

If it's not mentioned in your offer, but you think this might be an oversight, then I'd consider contacting the uni, just to be sure.
My initial offer was conditional on 2 things:

-GCSE Certificate for English (which I misplaced and had to reorder)
-Passing Professional Skills Test

After having provided the certificate and passed the tests, my offer was made "Unconditional". During this time there has been no mention of SKE.

I would assume then that they don't want me to complete one, despite having agreed with my suggestion of taking an SKE course during the interview.

In your experience, is an unconditional offer withheld until completion of an SKE? Or must one hold an unconditional offer prior to the SKE?
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(Original post by Wiwyum)
My initial offer was conditional on 2 things:

-GCSE Certificate for English (which I misplaced and had to reorder)
-Passing Professional Skills Test

After having provided the certificate and passed the tests, my offer was made "Unconditional". During this time there has been no mention of SKE.

I would assume then that they don't want me to complete one, despite having agreed with my suggestion of taking an SKE course during the interview.

In your experience, is an unconditional offer withheld until completion of an SKE? Or must one hold an unconditional offer prior to the SKE?
The best answer to any of these sort of questions is to speak to your admissions contact. That said, it doesn't make sense for an unconditional offer to be withheld until a condition is met.
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(Original post by Wiwyum)
My initial offer was conditional on 2 things:

-GCSE Certificate for English (which I misplaced and had to reorder)
-Passing Professional Skills Test

After having provided the certificate and passed the tests, my offer was made "Unconditional". During this time there has been no mention of SKE.

I would assume then that they don't want me to complete one, despite having agreed with my suggestion of taking an SKE course during the interview.

In your experience, is an unconditional offer withheld until completion of an SKE? Or must one hold an unconditional offer prior to the SKE?
If they wanted you to do an SKE, it would be a condition of your offer- you must hold a conditional offer to start an SKE.

If you're really unsure, I'd contact the uni, but it sounds like they decided you didn't need to do an SKE after all.
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(Original post by Wiwyum)
I would assume then that they don't want me to complete one, despite having agreed with my suggestion of taking an SKE course during the interview.
I wouldn't assume anything. I don't think that it will detract in any way if you speak directly to the administrators and ask them what needs to be done. The best outcome would be that they confirm that they don't think you need SKE and the worst is they explain to you that you need to organise it yourself.

Good luck either way
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(Original post by Wiwyum)
My initial offer was conditional on 2 things:

-GCSE Certificate for English (which I misplaced and had to reorder)
-Passing Professional Skills Test

After having provided the certificate and passed the tests, my offer was made "Unconditional". During this time there has been no mention of SKE.

I would assume then that they don't want me to complete one, despite having agreed with my suggestion of taking an SKE course during the interview.

In your experience, is an unconditional offer withheld until completion of an SKE? Or must one hold an unconditional offer prior to the SKE?
Hi be careful they might want you to find one, if you want to do a SKE give Darwin an email.

I did mine with them and it really helped.
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